PGA Tour

Tour Championship 2018

September 20-23

East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia

$9,000,000

September 20-23

East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia

$9,000,000

Round 1

Woods seizes share of the lead with eagle on 18th

September , 2018

Tiger Woods delivered easily the loudest roar in ending his round with an eagle three to share the lead on day one of the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

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Woods found the green with his second shot into the par-five 18th and then brilliantly holed a just over 25 foot putt in a round of a five-under par 65 to tie fellow American Rickie Fowler in Thursday's heatwave conditions on the East Lake course.

It is the second straight event in succession Woods has shared the first-round lead after he and Rory McIlroy were tied at the top with 62s on day one of the BMW Championship in Philadelphia.

"To finish with an eagle was nice as I hammered that drive up the left side, and it was nice to see it not in the rough before hitting five wood to the green," said Woods.

"Overall, I felt in control today. I had a lot of control over my shots.

"The only hard part was getting my speed on the greens early. I missed every putt, blew it through the hole. I had five, six feet coming back, and once I figured out the pace of these things, it was all good."

Woods had begun his round with a bogey but soon regrouped with birdies at the fifth and sixth holes on a course where he claimed the FedEx Cup championship trophy in 2007 and 2009.

He then birdied the 12th and downhill 14th holes ahead of the eagle on 18 in a round that included just 28 putts.

"I played really well today and though it wasn't exactly the start I was looking for in taking the bogey at one, I made two good putts there at five and six and got to under par, and then from there I hit it pretty good and made a few putts," said Woods.

"But more than anything, I missed it all on the correct sides. Even the fairways I missed, all were on the correct sides.

"The shots I missed were on the greens, all had beautiful angles. All in all, I had a lot of control today."

Fowler capped his round with back-to-back birdies at five and six and while he dropped a shot on seven. The world number nine birdied eight and then played the 11th to 18th holes in three under.

"It was a good day. I didn't get off to necessarily a great start on my swing but I managed to kick my way around," said Fowler.

"I think I missed one fairway, which the ball was in the first cut, and I think I hit every green from there on in. Made it very stress free."

World No. 1 Justin Rose birdied his closing two holes in a round of 66 to share third place.

FedEx Cup leading Bryson DeChambeau had an East Lake debut he would rather forget in posting two double-bogeys over his opening nine on route to a round of 71.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Rickie Fowler
USA
-5
65
T1
Tiger Woods
USA
-5
65
T3
Gary Woodland
USA
-4
66
T3
Justin Rose
ENG
-4
66
T5
Justin Thomas
USA
-3
67
T5
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-3
67
T5
Tony Finau
USA
-3
67
T8
Jason Day
AUS
-2
68
T8
Jon Rahm
ESP
-2
68
T8
Paul Casey
ENG
-2
68
T8
Xander Schauffele
USA
-2
68
T12
Brooks Koepka
USA
-1
69
T12
Dustin Johnson
USA
-1
69
T12
Kyle Stanley
USA
-1
69
T12
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-1
69
T12
Webb Simpson
USA
-1
69
T17
Aaron Wise
USA
Par
70
T17
Bubba Watson
USA
Par
70
T17
Cameron Smith
AUS
Par
70
T17
Francesco Molinari
ITA
Par
70
T21
Billy Horschel
USA
1
71
T21
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
1
71
T21
Patrick Cantlay
USA
1
71
T21
Patton Kizzire
USA
1
71
T25
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
2
72
T25
Kevin Na
USA
2
72
T25
Patrick Reed
USA
2
72
T28
Keegan Bradley
USA
3
73
T28
Marc Leishman
AUS
3
73
T28
Phil Mickelson
USA
3
73
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Rickie Fowler
USA
-5
65
T1
Tiger Woods
USA
-5
65
T3
Gary Woodland
USA
-4
66
T3
Justin Rose
ENG
-4
66
T5
Justin Thomas
USA
-3
67
T5
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-3
67
T5
Tony Finau
USA
-3
67
T8
Jason Day
AUS
-2
68
T8
Jon Rahm
ESP
-2
68
T8
Paul Casey
ENG
-2
68
T8
Xander Schauffele
USA
-2
68
T12
Brooks Koepka
USA
-1
69
T12
Dustin Johnson
USA
-1
69
T12
Kyle Stanley
USA
-1
69
T12
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-1
69
T12
Webb Simpson
USA
-1
69
T17
Aaron Wise
USA
Par
70
T17
Bubba Watson
USA
Par
70
T17
Cameron Smith
AUS
Par
70
T17
Francesco Molinari
ITA
Par
70
T21
Billy Horschel
USA
1
71
T21
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
1
71
T21
Patrick Cantlay
USA
1
71
T21
Patton Kizzire
USA
1
71
T25
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
2
72
T25
Kevin Na
USA
2
72
T25
Patrick Reed
USA
2
72
T28
Keegan Bradley
USA
3
73
T28
Marc Leishman
AUS
3
73
T28
Phil Mickelson
USA
3
73